Ryan Getting Heavy Interest

Cleveland St. Ignatius is always loaded with fine players, and the best one this year could be defensive end John Ryan. Duane Long caught up with Ryan, who already has some impressive offers.

John Ryan (6-5, 240) of Cleveland St. Ignatius could be Ohio's top defensive end prospect this year. Yesterday, Ryan received his biggest offer to date as he was offered by Notre Dame.

"Yes, Coach Weis called yesterday at the school," Ryan said. "I was over there for their junior day."

Ryan has been surprised so far with the recruiting process.

"It's all hit so fast," he said. "It's gotten really crazy. I'm going to wait for a little while until my feet hit the ground again and start thinking about making a decision."

Among Ryan's other offers are Boston College, Syracuse, and Michigan State, and Ryan is also interested in Maryland. BC and Maryland are recruiting Ryan as a tight end and defensive end, while Notre Dame and Syracuse like him at defensive end. 

Ryan singled out two of those schools as being at the top of his list. 

"Really it's Notre Dame and Boston College," he said. "I'm a Catholic kid from the Midwest." 

Ryan did not seem to know what he would do regarding camps this summer, but he does think he may have a decision around that time.

"I'm not in a hurry, but I really would like to have this over with by the time the season starts," he said.

Ohio State does not seem to be showing as much interest in Ryan. In a recent update by Mike Frank of IrishEyes.com, Ryan said "Ohio State is a great school, and I'd be interested in hearing from them, but they haven't had a lot of interest so far."

Ryan likely be one of the top 25 overall prospects in the state of Ohio this year when the new top 100 is revealed in the May issue of Ohio High Magazine.

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